William H. Johnson, Jr., 66, of Oakdale Road died July 23, 2012 at home. He was the beloved husband of Judy E. (Wildes) Johnson.
Born in Providence, a son of the late William H. and Dorothy E. (Lisbon) Johnson, Sr., he had lived in Warwick before moving to North Kingstown fourteen years ago. Bill was a United States Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He worked as a maintenance engineer for the Providence Gas Company for thirty-two years before retiring in 2007. He previously had worked as a carpenter for Johnson Construction. He was a member of the Carpenters Union, the Gas Company Union, the Gaspee Days Parade Committee, the Johnson Post Anglers and was a past president of the Rhode Island Federated Sportsmen. Bill was a Mason and a member of St. John’s Lodge #1P F&AM, the Scottish Rite Valley of Providence, Providence Court #71 Royal Order of Jesters and of the Rhode Island Shriners where he served in 1999 and 2000 as Chief Artisan.
Besides his wife he is survived by his daughters, Gretchen A. Donald and her husband, Jeffrey of Warwick and Christian Johnson of Warwick; his step-daughters, Jennifer L. Hannan and her husband, Brian of Hamden, Conn., Sarah E. Heller and her husband, Hunter of Campbell Hall, NY and Rachel J. Rochette and her husband, Mark of Kensington, Conn., his step-son Kenneth J. Tackett of Campbell Hall, NY; his sister Carole Aldridge and her husband, Jack of Warwick, his brother Robert E. Johnson and his wife, Kathy of Floral City, Fla.; twelve grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Dorothy Stamper, Elaine Hock and Evelyn Hollingshead.
His funeral will be held on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. from Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home & Crematory, 659 East Greenwich Ave., West Warwick followed by a committal service and military honors at the Rhode Island Veterans’ Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited and may call Thursday from 4–8 p.m.
Memorial gifts made to the Rhode Island Shriners, One Rhodes Place, Cranston, RI 02905 or to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of RI, 1210 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920 would be appreciated. Information and condolences at carpenterjenks.com.